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The Elantra has earned its popularity by providing dramatic styling, near-luxury-car refinement and an impressive features list at very reasonable purchase and ownership costs.

What's New for 2016

Hyundai took a good look at their marketing data and did some updating of the Elantra's trim levels, adding one in the process. The new Value Edition features an impressive list of owner-pleasing upgrades at a checkbook-pleasing price. Elantra Limited models gain standard keyless entry with pushbutton start and dual-zone climate controls, while the Sport loses the standard sunroof, leather seats, and $1350 from its MSRP.

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Choosing Your Hyundai Elantra

All Elantras are four-door sedans with four-cylinder engines powering the front wheels through six-speed transmissions. (The Elantra GT hatchback is a different car save for the name and a few mechanical parts, and is covered in a separate article.)

In terms of size and purchase price the Elantra is an economy sedan, but don't tell that to the designers who created the distinctive swooping sheet metal and exceptionally well-crafted interior, or the engineers who tuned the Elantra to provide such a calm, easy driving experience. If you need a way to get around -- or away from -- your hectic and noisy life, the Elantra provides an affordable and practical oasis.

The Elantra is available in four trim levels:

SE

The SE starts off at an MSRP of $17,250. Choosing the automatic transmission adds another $1,000. Standard equipment include a six-speaker stereo with SiriusXM capability, power windows and locks and mirrors, and a full suite of safety features. The Popular Equipment package can be included on automatic Elantras and adds alloy wheels, a touchscreen for the sound system backed up by steering-wheel controls, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera for $900 extra.

Value Edition

The Value Edition builds on the SE's Popular Equipment Package by adding a sunroof, proximity locks and push-button start, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a few other upscale touches to the mix for a $19,700 sticker price -- essentially a $550 premium over an SE automatic with the Popular Equipment Package.

Sport

The Sport lives up to its name with a 2-liter 173-horsepower motor, performance suspension tuning and 17-inch wheels and is priced at $20,250. Other features include projector-beam headlights and LED taillights, heated seats with power adjustments for the driver, and racer-inspired aluminum pedals. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available, although spending the extra thousand for the automatic gives you access to the Tech Package which adds a bigger touchscreen, navigation, a sunroof, a 360-watt stereo and BlueLink (Hyundai's OnStar-style telematics system) for an additional $1,800.

Limited

The Limited takes the Value Edition and dresses it up with bright-metal accents, leather seats (power-adjusted for the driver), projector headlights and LED taillights, a fully automatic dual-zone climate-control system, and BlueLink for an asking price of $21,700. For those who have pollen allergies, that climate-control system's Clean Air Ionizer may provide an extra dose of nasal comfort; for those who live somewhere with harsh winters, your backseat occupants will be cheered to know that both front and rear seats are heated. Navigation, the 360W stereo, and the sunroof are bundled in an $1,800 Limited Ultimate Package.

CarsDirect Tip

If you can live without the manual transmission on the one hand and leather seats on the other, the Value Edition more than lives up to its name. For most Elantra buyers it will be the ideal split between price and features.

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